Trilingual kids

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There are many advantages to raising a trilingual child as opposed to a bilingual child. Obviously, all those benefits that we see with bilingual children are multiplied or increased with trilingualism. There is a caveat, it is not easy to raise trilingual children. You need lots of exposure in each language in order for the child to become productive and speak those languages. It takes at least 25 percent of hearing the language in order to speak it. If you think about trilingual, the best the child could hear would be 33 percent of each language. What does it mean? Anyone who wants to raise trilingual children, can do it, but will have to put a lot of effort into it. They will have to make the most out of the little amount of time that the parent can spend with the child. Meaning that little time the parent spends with the child, he will have to speak a lot and use the language with the child. Interact with the child in the language, so the child can hear it as much as possible.

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Simona Montanari is Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on language development and second language acquisition in childhood. She received a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Southern California specializing in language development in monolingual and multilingual children. Dr. Montanari has published her research in prestigious peer-reviewed journals and she is regularly invited to present on early bilingualism and trilingualism locally and internationally. Dr. Montanari has also been involved in the creation and implementation of an Italian-English dual language program in the Glendale Unified School District, for which she continues to work as a consultant. Dr. Montanari has two trilingual and tri-literate daughters, six and seven years of age.

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